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Why are "beginning students" with no credentials allowed to mark a question as "answered"? RRS feed

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  • The question says it all.

    Welcome to the forums.

    Actually, it is not a thread that is marked as answered (as perhaps should be), but rather a particular post that is marked as "the answer".

    The OP can mark any response as answer, including his/her own response.

    And then there is "Propose as answer"...

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Monday, February 22, 2010 1:35 PM
  • The OP is the best person to mark posts as answers.
    However there are times when then mark any post as answer, so in case the moderators see the post thwy should take appropriate action.
    And it makes no sence to say a student with no creadentials does not know what he aksed or cannot differentiate between right and wrong answer.
    Hope this helps !!
    Sudeep Raj   |    My Blog
    Tuesday, February 23, 2010 1:55 PM
  • > However there are times when then mark any post as answer, so in case the moderators see the post thwy should take appropriate action.

    This is typically (meaning at least the way I "work" the forums) difficult for Moderators.


    - I look at all unread (by me) threads. I usually look at these so soon after they have been posted that there are few if any replies to them. I still look at those unread threads that have been marked as an answer and clearly in that case I would remove incorrect markings (such as someone marking a post that says "Thanks, that solved it" as an answer rather than the post that did provide the answer).

    - I don't then again look at threads I have already read unless

    a) I have marked the thread with "Alert Me" (not common)

    b) The thread was marked with "propose as Answer" in which case I check out the validity of the proposal. (and either up it to answer level or remove the proposal)


    I do not therefore look again at posts that I have already read that are marked as answered. So I would in most cases miss the incorrect markings as answered of Original Posters.


    Mike Walsh


    It is possible that Microsoft official support moderators who do this in their working hours and are paid for it, do look through "answered" posts, I don't know. But I suspect that most non-paid volunteer Moderators like me don't do so. There is far too much to do as it is.


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    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 7:13 AM

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  • If someone asked a question, he can mark it as answered.
    Premature optimization is the root of all evil in programming. (c) by Donald Knuth

    Naomi Nosonovsky, Sr. Programmer-Analyst

    My blog
    Sunday, February 21, 2010 11:24 PM
    Moderator
  • The question says it all.

    Welcome to the forums.

    Actually, it is not a thread that is marked as answered (as perhaps should be), but rather a particular post that is marked as "the answer".

    The OP can mark any response as answer, including his/her own response.

    And then there is "Propose as answer"...

    David Wilkinson | Visual C++ MVP
    Monday, February 22, 2010 1:35 PM
  • The OP is the best person to mark posts as answers.
    However there are times when then mark any post as answer, so in case the moderators see the post thwy should take appropriate action.
    And it makes no sence to say a student with no creadentials does not know what he aksed or cannot differentiate between right and wrong answer.
    Hope this helps !!
    Sudeep Raj   |    My Blog
    Tuesday, February 23, 2010 1:55 PM
  • > However there are times when then mark any post as answer, so in case the moderators see the post thwy should take appropriate action.

    This is typically (meaning at least the way I "work" the forums) difficult for Moderators.


    - I look at all unread (by me) threads. I usually look at these so soon after they have been posted that there are few if any replies to them. I still look at those unread threads that have been marked as an answer and clearly in that case I would remove incorrect markings (such as someone marking a post that says "Thanks, that solved it" as an answer rather than the post that did provide the answer).

    - I don't then again look at threads I have already read unless

    a) I have marked the thread with "Alert Me" (not common)

    b) The thread was marked with "propose as Answer" in which case I check out the validity of the proposal. (and either up it to answer level or remove the proposal)


    I do not therefore look again at posts that I have already read that are marked as answered. So I would in most cases miss the incorrect markings as answered of Original Posters.


    Mike Walsh


    It is possible that Microsoft official support moderators who do this in their working hours and are paid for it, do look through "answered" posts, I don't know. But I suspect that most non-paid volunteer Moderators like me don't do so. There is far too much to do as it is.


    FAQ sites: (SP 2010) http://wssv4faq.mindsharp.com; (v3) http://wssv3faq.mindsharp.com and (WSS 2.0) http://wssv2faq.mindsharp.com
    Complete Book Lists (incl. foreign language) on each site.
    Wednesday, March 3, 2010 7:13 AM